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Windows 7: PCI-Express Compatibility question

23 Nov 2013   #1
Slothalicious

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
PCI-Express Compatibility question

Hello,
I'm thinking of buying the new R9 290 from AMD. But I just read up on it and it says that it is PCI-Express x16 version 3. I've got a Dell XPS 9000/435T computer with a Dell x58 Motherboard. My motherboard only supports PCI-Express version 2. Will this card bottleneck? Will there be any performance hit?
Specs:
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition 3.33ghz
6gb DDR3 RAM
Dell X58 motherboard
475 watt PSU (Will be upgrading to 750w+)
Card: AMD R9 290 4GB MSI PCIe Video Card PN R9290-4GD5-MSI | Computer Alliance
Computer: Dell Studio XPS 9000 Desktop Details | Dell
Thanks,
Lachy


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23 Nov 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

IT will run at Ver. 2.0 speeds but I suspect it will better than what you now have. IT shouldn't cause a bottle neck.
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24 Nov 2013   #3
smarteyeball

 
 

PCI-E 3.0 is backwards compatible so no worries there. And as mentioned there wouldn't be any bottlenecking, especially if it's for a single screen.

Even if you go Eyefinity, the fps hit would be absolutely minimal/not noticeable.

Enjoy your new card mate
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24 Nov 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm running a PCI-e 3.0 GPU on a board with PCI-e 2.0 slots without any problems.
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24 Nov 2013   #5
Slothalicious

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alright cool.
Thanks for the info
Lachy
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